It’s the most wonderful time of the year. At least, it is for our developers! SQL Saturday is right around the corner (August 1st to be exact) and this year, we’re dubbing SQL Saturday Baton Rouge “The Takeover.” This year is jam-packed with Envoceans, each speaking on subjects near and dear to their hearts. Here’s what you can learn from our Envoceans at their training sessions:

Building Cross-Platform Mobile Apps with Xamarin

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM – Room 1735 (Dev)

By Brandon Cornett

In this talk, we’ll start from scratch and create a cross platform Android, iOS, and Windows Phone app using Xamarin. Brandon will be showing you how to share your code between platforms, as well as how to share data transfer objects with your ASP.NET Web API back end.

JS Approaches for the .NET Developer

12:15 PM – 1:15 PM – Room 1620 (Web)

By Matt Borel

From SPA’s to sites requiring a minimal front-end, we’ll explore a few different approaches for setting up, bundling, and writing JavaScript in a way that fits the demands of your specific project. The session will be delivered through examples using Visual Studio, MVC, and AngularJS, but the overall analysis of pros/cons in front-end heavy sites and project organization can be applied in ways that are framework agnostic.

Date and Time Concepts, Gotchas, and Best Practices in .NET

12:15 PM – 1:15 PM – Room 1700 (Dev)

By Travis Overmier

Explores the usage of the DateTime support built-in to .NET and date and time storage concepts in general.  If you have ever wondered, “How should I store this date and time?”, “What is the difference between a time offset and a time zone?”, or even “What does UTC mean anyway?” then this session is for you.

Building REST and Websocket APIs with Sails.js

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM – Room 1620 (Web)

By Alex Clavelle

Sails is a nodejs MVC framework with express and integration. Alex will demonstrate the basics of building an asynchronous database driven application with sails and He will also demonstrate the benefits of using some more advanced concepts such as bluebird promises.

The Binary Language of Music

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM – Room 1325 (Career)

By Brian Rigsby

Take a fascinating journey into how our minds work and discover how the binary and mathematical patterns found in music can be used to learn the underlying language of music and be applied to other disciplines.

jQuery Animation Techniques for Beginners

2:45 PM – 3:45 PM – Room 1620 (Web)

By Adam Culpepper

Adam will be covering examples and sections from his book on how to animate HTML elements on your site using jQuery 2.0 and it’s animation techniques.


Beauty and the Bits: Why both Left and Right Brain MUST be Engaged

2:45 PM – 3:45 PM – Room 1425 (IT Management)

By Calvin Fabre

Whether you plan to run your own consulting business, be a freelancer, or be a healthy part of a software or design team, you will need to understand the importance of engaging both your left- and right-brain in the future. Sure, you are smart and you have a good left-brain, but raw processing power, reasoning, and logic are not enough to compete, provide, or even survive in the coming “Conceptual Age.” Just as manufacturing automation put much of the “human back” out of business in the Industrial Age, certain forces threaten to put the “human brain” out of business in the age to come. This talk will prepare you for its arrival and insulate you for its duration. Learn how to recognize and utilize the value of well-rounded thinking as you progress throughout your career.

As always, the Envoc booth will make an appearance, but this time we’ll be bringing something new. Can you guess what it is?

We are officially in the new office thanks to Holly & Smith Architects, APAC! What do you think?For those of you wondering, yes, that’s a Men in Black egg chair.
Posted by Envoc on Tuesday, June 2, 2015


We can’t wait to see you at SQL Saturday Baton Rouge!

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